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Katie

About Katie: Katie has been a product and textile designer, an art restoration specialist, and an interior designer/merchandiser. Her interests are focused on finding well designed items that improve daily life as well as reading fiction and making stuff. (View Profile)

 
 

Language Learning Notebook

Want to learn a new language? The Language Learning Notebook will help, as it has lines specifically for you to write your word or sentence, its pronunciation, and its translation, all in a neat and orderly fashion. Keep track of your dates at the top of each page, and, if you’re particularly optimistic, get the set of 3 ($18.95) for tracking your progress to fluency.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $6.95
Available from: Mochi things

Friday Links

The 9-Minute Strength Workout

Squid and octopus can edit and direct their own brain genes

– Sci-fi themed playing cards: Stardeck

– Hmm. A watch made of cat, dog, or animal fur: The Companion Collection

A UK entrepreneur takes flight by attaching miniature jet engines to his limbs. Nothing could go wrong, surely.

Custom Moon Phase Cufflinks

Bagel Maker

‘Ogi’ pen holder

Enjoy your weekend.

Sculptura Collection

Maybe you didn’t know that the Sculptura Collection was first conceived in 1956, or, if you did, maybe you didn’t know that it’s back in production, and available from DWR. Molded iron wire mesh creates a comfortable, sculptured seat suitable for indoors and out. Like many other mid century designs, it’s a classic choice that won’t ever go out of style, so you’re safe to get a few pieces knowing they’ll continue to stand up to the test of time. Available in white, black, or red, with or without a seat cushion.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $695.00 - 1,065.00
Available from: DWR

Nordic Knots’ Rugs

Need an update underfoot? If so, you need a nice selection of delightfully simple patterned rugs to choose from, just like the collection from Nordic Knots. The rugs are hand loomed in 100% high quality New Zealand wool, so they maintain a soft feel for a lifetime. Plus, they’re woven straight through, so you can use both sides (if you need to).
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Price: $289.00 - 1,699.00
Available from: Nordic Knots

Welcome Set

Talk about organizing your entryway, this Welcome Set by Andres Martinez has a place for all the essentials and fits in the smallest of spaces. Three included hooks give you a hanging zone for coat, bags, and scarves, while the ledge offers a perch for your keys and glasses. Of course, there’s an accompanying mirror just so you can double check that you’re presentable. Spread out all the elements along a wall if you’ve got the space, or create a smaller vignette for tighter spots.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $855.00
Available from: Luminaire

I’m Light Notebooks

These notebooks are just what they say they are: light. With over 600 blank pages to fill with your creative ideas and drawings, you’d expect them to be dense and heavy. However, they’re made from high-quality eco friendly paper, so they’re surprisingly light. And, for those of us that like to fill the whole page, the binding lays flat. Thumbs up.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.95+
Available from: Mochi Things

Common Leather Stool

There’s about a hundred places you could put this stool in your home. Maybe one (or two) in the living room as an extra perch or footstool, maybe one in the closet or bedroom for putting on/taking off shoes, or in a hallway or entryway as a focal point or resting spot… you get the idea. If you have any trouble getting it to fit, just let me know and I’ll take it off your hands, no trouble at all. And have you seen the all black colorway? Hot damn, it looks good.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Metal Shelf

Do you need a simple, modern shelf? This mid century inspired version is made of metal, so it’ll last longer than you (probably). Installation is straightforward (see the two holes at the top back?), so just make sure your nails or screws are level and you’re good to go. Available in black, white/grey, red, or blue.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: NewMadeLA

DIY Pinhole Camera Kit

A DIY Pinhole Camera Kit? Yes, please. Did you know that Astronomer Gemma Frisus de Radio constructed the first pinhole camera to examine the solar eclipse of 1544? That was a long time ago, and to this day some photographers still prefer pinhole cameras to get a vintage, moody look for their shots. Maybe try it out by putting together this kit and taking some photos, you know, with actual film? It could be fun!
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Price: $47.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Tipi Table

This little table does double duty; the integrated handle lets you move it easily from room to room while the wood or marble top lifts off the recycled steel base for use as a tray. Handy, right? There’s both a high and low height, so you can pair them together for a varied arrangement when it suits. Choose between oak, walnut, or Carrara marble for the top.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $320.00 - 620.00
Available from: DWR

Daily Fiction

If you go weak in the knees for stationery stuff, you’re in trouble. Normann Copenhagen recruited Denmark-based designers Femmes Régionales to create over 200 different designs in the Daily Fiction collection. There’s 18 colors and four abstract terrazzo prints all over notebooks, stickers, pencil sharpeners, scissors, pens, pencils, and more… all that’s left to say is good luck picking which ones you’ve got to add to your collection.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $3.00 - 40.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Friday Links

Hexagonal wooden lattice wraps Mexico City home by Felipe Assadi and Francisca Pulido

Furnishing Utopia

As Congress Repeals Internet Privacy Rules, Putting Your Options In Perspective and also, if you’ve not already, how to Set up a VPN

– Pretty. Artist Documents Convenience Stores In Her Beautiful Paintings For 20 Years

Dragon-proofing: why skyscrapers in Hong Kong have holes

Reminder to Look Up

Why You Should Wake Up at 5 A.M. Every Day

Burning food is a great way to find out and illustrate how much energy it contains

The New Vantablack 2.0, the Art Material So Black It Eats Lasers and Flattens Reality

Enjoy your weekend.

vantablack

Studio Arhoj Slurp Cup

Just look at the colors on Studio Arhoj’s Slurp Cups. Pretty, right? Each porcelain cup is hand-cast and glazed in various colors for an interesting take on your morning coffee or afternoon tea. You may choose to just get one for the office, or several for a set at home. There’s also the smaller Sip Cup for espressos or perhaps as a pot for smaller plants and succulents.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: Studio Arhoj

Puzzle in a Puzzle

Puzzles! Put one out on your coffee table and you’ll be able to sneak in contemplation time, because who can resist putting together a few puzzle pieces? Featuring imagery by photographer KangHee Kim, these puzzles play with the eye, as each image shows a mirror within a scene, and the puzzle itself is divided along the mirror’s perimeter, creating two different puzzles in one. Complete them together or apart. Kinda fun, right?
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Areaware

Split Mirrors

Feeling a little disjointed? Don’t worry, it’s just the mirror. Sections of mirrored glass are cut and pushed off-center to give a playful twist to an otherwise ordinary reflection. Take a look at the designer’s website and you’ll be able to see a theme, I think. It’d be interesting to try and make your own, wouldn’t it? Bonus points to you if you make an attempt (you’ll get an A for effort).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $3,655.00
Available from: A+R Store